With Stefon Diggs now out of the picture, Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen is looking forward to developing a new partnership with Justin Jefferson in 2020.
But this won’t be the case in 2020 since Diggs was sent packing in March to the Buffalo Bills. Thielen will now be on the lookout for a new partner in crime this year and Minnesota’s top pick in the 2020 NFL Draft could be the guy to fill the void.
With their first selection in this year’s draft, the Vikings decided to go with former LSU receiver Justin Jefferson. Minnesota didn’t think Jefferson would even still be on the board when it came time for them to be on the clock, so they were a bit ecstatic when he actually was still available.
In Jefferson, the Vikings are getting a talented young pass-catcher who is coming off a 2019 season at LSU that saw him finish with 111 catches for 1,540 yards, and 18 touchdowns.
Thielen is aware of what the rookie was able to during his time in college and in a recent appearance on NFL Network, the veteran Minnesota receiver shared his excitement about getting to work with Jefferson.
"“I’m excited. I’m excited for him to get here, to start working with him. It’s going to be a different (receiver) room, obviously. Diggs and I had a lot of years together and knew each other like the back of our hand. So it’s definitely going to be different, but exciting at the same time.”"
Normally by now, Thielen and Jefferson would have been able to interact on a more in-person basis. But with the team facilities being closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s likely made the anticipation to work together even greater.
No one is expecting Jefferson to come in and make up for all of the production lost when the Vikings traded Diggs. However, Minnesota’s new rookie receiver is certainly capable of coming out and making an immediate impact for the team in 2020.
With the luxury of having someone like Thielen in his corner as he adjusts to the pro level, Jefferson has an advantage that a number of young receivers don’t. Will he be able to apply Thielen’s help to the field and develop into one of the Vikings’ next great receivers?